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Employees and society

Strengthening local communities

Corporate social responsibility

In all that we do to contribute to social development, our focus is on research and education. As we drive aviation technology forward, we rely on a new generation of skilled employees and an innovative business environment. In addition, we support social projects that have a local impact close to our sites.


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We offer young people apprenticeships at MTU—for instance to become aircraft maintenance mechanics—in specially set up training workshops. In addition to technical qualifications, we place a focus on the development of methodological and social skills.

Corporate social responsibility is an integral part of the MTU Principles, one of which states: “MTU takes its responsibility for the environment and society seriously.” At many of our sites, we are a major local employer offering a wide variety of attractive jobs in a high-tech environment. This has a positive effect on the local employment situation, including in less economically successful regions such as Brandenburg, Germany. We also offer apprenticeships in various trades in Germany. We generally take a long-term approach to employment. In addition to training and developing our employees, we invest in the expansion of our plants, as we are currently doing in Munich, Ludwigsfelde, Hannover (Germany) and Rzeszów (Poland); in Serbia, we are planning to build a new repair shop. These investments strengthen the local economy and job market, and in turn have a positive effect on social aspects such as infrastructure and prosperity. We contribute to society through income tax, too. → How we add value by steadily increasing shareholder value

Our contribution to the SDGs

Our commitment to social responsibility moves us closer to attaining several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We see our corporate social responsibility as a contribution to achieving SDG 4 on “Quality education”; SDG 5 on “Gender equality”; and SDG 17 on “Partnerships for the goals.” With our educational initiatives, we are engaged in increasing the number of girls and women who pursue scientific and technical careers, thus improving equality of opportunity. We create equal access to high-quality education irrespective of gender or other characteristics. Through intensive collaboration with universities and research institutions on increasing eco-efficiency in aviation, we enter into partnerships aimed at achieving the common goals of sustainable development. Such collaborations are highly important, especially when it comes to new, groundbreaking technologies such as electric flight.

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Our corporate social responsibility

As a company that engages heavily in research, our concept of corporate citizenship revolves around science and engineering initiatives. We seek out interaction and collaboration with the world of science and research and foster dialogue with young people and new talent.

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New cohort of aviation experts: We had almost 300 apprentices on board with us at MTU last year. They complete a two-to-three-year apprenticeship based on Germany’s dual-track system or an 18-month on-the-job training course at our site in Canada. 

We offer young people a solid grounding in various trades. In 2019, we had a total of 293 apprentices. That equates to 2.8% of the total Group-wide workforce. In Germany, where most of our apprenticeships take place, the share is 3.1%. Our integrated approach combines technical qualifications with methodological and social skills. It involves our apprentices in all aspects of the company, including health management, climate protection, social values and our no-blame culture. At our planned new site in Serbia, we want to establish a local training program for aviation industry specialists based on Germany’s dual-track system. MTU also collaborates with German vocational academies in Stuttgart, Ravensburg and Berlin as well as with Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University to offer practical courses of study in business administration, information technology, mechanical engineering and business engineering. In addition, we participate in numerous educational projects and initiatives for children and young people (→ Diversity & inclusion, → Employee development).

Strong technology network

Collaborating with universities and research institutions is a mainstay of our research and development work and a key part of fulfilling our responsibility to society. We have built strategic alliances with research partners to foster links between universities and industry and to safeguard our capacity for innovation.

We run six scientific centers of competence at different universities across Germany, each with its own research focus. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is building a test and simulation center for gas turbines in Augsburg, of which MTU will make intensive use. We want to use this center to validate numerical simulation processes (virtual engine) with experimental procedures in test cells in such a way that it is possible to draw up new designs in the future with considerably less testing. In addition, we co-founded Bauhaus Luftfahrt, a visionary think tank to address longer-term topics that pursues novel, unconventional, holistic and interdisciplinary research, bringing industry and science together under one roof. Among other things, the Bauhaus researchers devise visionary aircraft concepts and investigate ecological aspects and socio-political drivers in aviation. Collaboration with various Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany is a key area of activity in our cooperative ventures—particularly when it comes to production and materials technologies. With its broad spectrum of expertise, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft works on industry-related research contracts on our behalf.

→ Our technology network

We support the next generation of researchers and scientists

We run a series of sponsorship schemes at the University of Stuttgart and DLR that support young researchers for a number of years after they finish their degrees, and we provide financial backing for a Deutschlandstipendium, or “Germany Scholarship,” at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Technische Universität Braunschweig. Together with Technische Universität Braunschweig, we operate what is known as a maintenance laboratory to enable students to experience engine maintenance at our premises as part of their master’s studies. Our international locations also work together with selected universities and colleges in their regions: MTU Aero Engines Polska has established an alliance with the Lezajsk Technical School, and MTU Aero Engines North America has a partnership with the CREC Aerospace Academy. Our engineering subsidiary in the USA also financially supports the Eurotech scholarship program at the University of Connecticut.

Our long-term programs include a foundation through which we support highly talented young women studying scientific and technical disciplines. As well as providing financial grants, the MTU Studien-Stiftung offers personal advice and mentoring to help students get started with their careers.

MTU research experts give regular presentations and guest lectures at universities. We provide a significant proportion of the lectures for the engine technology course at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus. MTU has endowed a chair for aircraft engine structural mechanics at the University of Stuttgart as well. We also give national and international university groups the opportunity to gain insights into how an industrial company works. We offer trainee programs, dual vocational training, work placements for high school students, work experience for students and opportunities for writing bachelor’s/master’s/doctoral theses at our European sites. These are key factors on the labor market. In 2019, there were 523 students working with us as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate program, on work experience or as holiday staff.

Each year, MTU confers the Wolfgang Heilmann Science Award for outstanding achievements by talented young students performing research in the field of aircraft engines at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. We are also an industry sponsor of a prestigious German award for aerospace journalism that is awarded annually to non-specialist journalists for outstanding articles on aerospace trends and issues.

How we get involved

We support various social institutions. These are generally charitable organizations, preferably with a social focus, to which we provide assistance in the form of financial or in-kind donations. A key factor in selecting recipients is a local/regional connection or a thematic link to our business. We prioritize support for specific projects over general institutional funding, which are selected and the support implemented independently by the MTU subsidiaries concerned on the basis of careful research. Internal guidelines govern the granting of donations and sponsorship, and a centrally managed clearance and approval process ensures that the rules are adhered to.

Donations and sponsorship in 2019 (distribution in %)

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Managers’ social day at the TurBienchen daycare center

As part of their social day, our Executive Board and managers created new attractions for the children at the TurBienchen daycare center, a parents’ initiative located adjacent to the Munich headquarters. MTU Executive Board members Michael Schreyögg (1st photo, right, clockwise), CEO Reiner Winkler (2nd photo, right) and Lars Wagner (3rd photo, left) were all in agreement: “As a company, MTU has a social responsibility to live up to, and action days like these are one of the ways we do that.”

In the reporting year, we supported over 80 projects and institutions. Together with regional partners, we also achieved local goals that we could not have met on our own. For example, MTU is committed to the Munich Business Climate Pact and makes a local contribution to sustainable development through e-mobility solutions. In the reporting year, we initiated a regional mobility forum at our Munich site in order to work together with politicians, industry and associations to improve local transport.

Examples of our social responsibility projects in 2019

 

Our sites commit in a wide variety of ways

Our employees do their bit, for example, by taking part in Pink Shirt Day in Canada (top left) or in the Plant-to-Plant Challenge in Germany (top right). Even our apprentices take on community projects. For example, they built a playground in the forest (bottom left) and collected trash in the neighborhood as part of the “Hannover ist putzmunter” clean-up day.

We welcome our employees’ voluntary efforts to support good causes. This is covered by an internal company agreement. Our apprentices volunteer in a variety of ways, for example by collecting returnable bottles from the break rooms and donating the deposit, or by clearing nearby streets of rubbish during a public action day. Our employees took part in the “Des mach ma!” action day organized by companies in Munich and in the social day organized by the Freiwilligenzentrum volunteering association in Hannover. In Rzeszów, MTU Aero Engines Polska celebrated the opening of the MTULandia children’s playground, which was built by employees in a long-term project supported by the city. In Rocky Hill, at our US location, employees support the local food bank with donations and help sort the food. In 2019, MTU employees once again took part in the Plant-to-Plant Challenge, this time cycling from the Ludwigsfelde site near Berlin to the Munich headquarters to raise funds for charity. Ten cents per kilometer ridden by the cyclists plus a donation from MTU added up to a total of over EUR 12,000 for charitable institutions. In addition, the company allows staff to undertake projects with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief during their paid workday, and offers the services of lay justices for labor tribunals and social justice courts and of examiners for the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Information about the coronavirus pandemic

This sustainability report covers the 2019 financial year and is being published as the world fights against the coronavirus pandemic. People and companies are in a different situation today than they were in the reporting year. MTU is doing its part to help contain the pandemic and has taken numerous measures to protect its workforce. The current situation notwithstanding, we want to live up to our corporate social responsibility. You can find more information here.


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2019 Sustainability Report